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  1. To fully avoid this problem I got a 2" extra long chest strap (4 ft maybe) that is always routed. Just pass the chest strap over your head when putting the rig on and as long as you remember to tighten it (easy to remember when it is that long, flapping around...) you are good to go.
  2. "Funny" how I tried to write a safety post on exactly this issue 2 months ago and was totally dismissed because I suggested a form for "certification" regarding those jumps.
  3. In the past couple years, more and more people have been doing tracking jumps. This has resulted in the technical level to reach new heights while at the same time attracting a lot of new people to the discipline. This creates some safety issues that are rarely addressed. The safety issues relate to the high level of 3D movements at high speeds that are achieved by larger and larger groups today. It becomes easy for someone joining a group (way) beyond their abilities to dive through/into, wipe over/under, lack separation/awareness and be dangerous on that jump. These issues could be avoided if organizers and participants would know their abilities. Unfortunately this is near impossible for tracking. Let me digress quickly: - if you want to do an 8-way with points but miss one guy; some basic questions regarding 4-way randoms/blocks, most points turned in 4-way, biggest formation done, number of jumps and time in tunnel would give you a decent idea if the new guy can join and complete the jump in a decent way. - if you want to do an 8-way headdown, the same set of questions will also give you a decent idea. However for tracking, this becomes much trickier: 1. tunnel time is not really relevant (except if the guy has dozen of hours of dynamic flying at high speeds then it should be OK) 2. number of jumps is not relevant only numbers of tracking jumps - and even then, the level flown during those jumps is hard to demonstrate 3. biggest tracking group is also not relevant ("I jumped out of an airplane with 10 others guys and we tracked" does not tell you if the guy was in control, in the group, within few feet of the leader or just burbling around and bombing through the group) 4. but the biggest issue is that EVERYONE who starts tracking think they go really fast, really steep when in reality they have a decent separation track. The feeling ins tracking is quite special and impressive which is why so many people love it. This makes it hard to assess their true abilities. (Compare it to the statement "I have done 4-ways headdown jumps with multiple grips" which is a lot more objective and demonstrative of the abilities of the jumper) So when an organizer put together groups, most participants (especially less experienced people) would provide the feedback that they go fast and steep and can join the group without issues - which may not be the case at all. Even having done jumps with a coach can give them a false idea of the abilities "I jump with world-class coach X and could follow him so I'm awesone"; not realizing that it was the coach that followed them and not the other way around. To solve this, I have been thinking about grading tracking jumpers to ensure safer and easier organizing. Level 0: belly-tracking - need someone to lead to ensure correct flying pattern - flat/slow/little control Level 1: belly-tracking - need someone to lead to ensure correct flying pattern - good separation track Level 2: belly-tracking - can lead and respect the flying pattern - decent angle/speed/control - can jump with up to 3 other level 2+ jumpers Level 3: learning back-traking - can plan flying pattern (based on jumprun, winds, other groups in the plane etc..) and respect it - can jump with up to 5 other level 3+ jumpers Level 4: can fly on level and heading on straight steep/fast jumps Level 5: can fly on level and heading on moving steep/fast jumps Level 6: organizer and/or recognized as an authority. Can grade jumpers Obviously there is still quite some subjectivity involved but this will prevent level 2 jumpers joining jumps designed for level 5 - making it safer for both or ensure that a group of 10-tracking-jump wonders don't start tracking up the jumprun or land out in the woods. It will also make the job of organizing tracking jumps much easier, ensuring everyone is getting the most out of the jumps. What do you guys think? PS: this is not meant to be an official certification like a B-license, but just a stamp in the log book.
  4. This is where i ended up: going for a pilot 124. I'm closing on 200 jumps in 4 months so far this year so I'll be current enough to downsize a bit more than usual (HI agrees). Unfortunately new rig and canopy won't arrive before early november/december so I'll keep my current rig as well to refresh everything after the winter break and get used to the 124 when wind is fine. I was thinking of putting 50 jumps on the 124 in good/decent wind conditions before selling the safe/gustproof 140
  5. it may look that way but the slider is up high the whole time and never comes down causing a spin, causing a cutaway. if you compare the lines from the left back riser (all nice and straight) with the ones from the right back riser (quite some slack in them), you can see that the canopy is not fully open. you can also spot the kill line going from the right side of the slider onto the cascade lines. as a final note: you can see the normal left tab hanging out about 1/2" so it didn't take much to create a snag hazard
  6. 100% correct. If a line can make a half loop around the tab, the tension on opening will close that loop tight around the tab, collapsing the slider and worse yet: hold on tight to the kill line tab with no chance for the slider to come down.
  7. Hi, Mox was the first I asked about it and he is fine with the 139 from this season onward
  8. Correct. In other words: the slider would never have come down. The tabs are actually tricky to really tuck in and prevent them from sliding even slightly out. you can see the left one is out by half an inch or so. But you cannot tuck them 100% in because then you cannot collapse your slide if there is nothing to pull the kill lines. After this, i noticed that i have to really pull the slider forward when packing to make sure no lines get in contact with the tabs, especially when lifting the tail. Almost so much forward that the slider was no longer symmetric enough for my taste. To be sure to prevent this mal from happening again, i will change the tabs and get a straight kill line coming about 0.5 / 1 inch out of the slider (as seen on many sliders from other brands than aerodyne). This modification should really put the entanglement risk down to almost zero. Maybe someone has a trick up their sleeves to prevent this from ever happening even with tabs on?
  9. Clue #1: Canopy is a Pilot 140. Clue #2: No one I talked to in Eloy (even the Aerodyne rep) had encountered / heard of it before. I'll post the cause and how to prevent it from happening in 1 or 2 days
  10. Hi and thanks for taking the time to look at my query! Profile is not really updated. I would load the 139 at 1.3 and the 129 at 1.4. Mostly based on the feedback i got regarding openings, glide (coming back from long spots) and flare. The Crossfire was also presented as a good entry to the full elliptical canopy world and an overall great canopy. Due to norwegian regulations i am not allowed to jump a 129 until i have 600 jumps. I should have been clearer in my request: moving to a full elliptical 139 during this season (keeping size but changing type) or wait 200 jumps to downsize to a 129. The subsequent question would be, is it "smart" to go from a 140 pilot to a 129 XF2 at 600 jumps or should i get (for example) a saphire2 129 first (at 600 jumps) and later a XF2 129 (say 700-800 jumps)? Obviously "keep your pilot 140 and forget the XF2" is also a welcome answer (based on WL, experience, lack of swooping...)
  11. Hi, i have 400 jumps, 250 on the Pilot 140 and i'm looking to get a crossfire 2 (only heard great things about it, be it openings, glide, flare). To be clear; I don't "swoop": i only use double-front risers on occasions if my final leg is too long. I have had one "bad" landing in the last 150 jumps (end of a hot day in Eloy, overshooting the grass and not running fast enough to avoid tumbling in the dirt) With that in mind, I wonder if I should buy a 139 (changing only canopy type) or if going directly down to a 129 is a good alternative. I have heard roughly 50/50 from the people I have asked directly so I'm asking here now to get a more complete picture. thanks!
  12. nice project! i think it would be really useful to people starting in the tunnel if you could put milestones: after 1h after 5h after 10h etc. since there are some huge blanks: there is a split second of HD on the net and then you are flying stable HD. that way we can see how long was the belly training, the back training etc
  13. this actually happened to me not so long ago. i have flown quite a bit of tunnel and fly very stable on my back. it was supposed to be a 2 way tracking with a 10000+ jump coach. he spotted the lose handle right after exit at 13000ft with that in mind i was comfortable holding on to the handle, rolling on my back (no more wind on the handle) and putting it back into the velcro, double checking it was as it should and move back on my belly waiting for pullout time. i was then still well over 8000ft. many factors made this in my mind the best solution to this problem this time around
  14. this DZ is an hour drive off Oslo: this one is 3 hour drive: this one is in sweden but 1.5 hour drive away (two different DZ under one website): national FF team has a website too with basic skill camps and tunnel camps: one of the best DZ in Europe/world, 5-6 hour drive: a wind tunnel opens next may too: that should about cover it ;-)
  15. thanks for writing that post...the latter is indeed what people should be made aware of instead of focusing on the pissing contest of "look at how cool i am for pulling super low" we did a ballon jump at easter time and one older guy with a middle age crisis bragged about how low he pulled, if we saw him and that he actually pulled at 3k but held the PC in hand until 1800. No one thought it was cool, because it wasnt. PS: same goes about how many jumps in day. we have all seen teams exiting early at 10k, landing, dropping the rig on the packer's mat, picking up their second rig and getting on a new plane all day long. Is it cool to do 20 jumps in a day if by the 10th you're too tired to focus on flying properly both your body and then your canopy? what does it prove? How fast can I pack my canopy is yet another such topic. what will be next? How much alcohol I had in my system/how hangover I was when doing the first jump of day? Edit to add: considering the OP has 40 jumps, jumpers with more experience should refrain from giving newbies those type of data that can only motivate someone, someday to show that he/she can do it too.